If you happen to be passing along the breakfast cereal aisle in any supermarket, you’re bound to have noticed the growing range of granola options.
Shop bought granola is often high in sugar and unhealthy fats. It’s also expensive. However, it’s really easy to make your own granola and pack it with the healthy ingredients you love. You can also cut the sugar content right down while increasing levels of healthy fats.
This recipe is one I’ve adapted over time and it’s the most popular one in my household. Because I don’t particularly like dried fruit, this granola is packed with crunchy nuts and seeds which also helps to reduce the sugar content.
However, you can mix up the ingredients to your own taste preferences and wherever possible opt for organic ingredients. You can also use gluten free oats if you’re coeliac or gluten-free.
It needs to be baked at a low temperature for a longer time to help reduce oxidation of healthy fats in the nuts and seeds and also to prevent the top layer from burning! For cup size, use whatever cup you have to hand but use the same cup size for all the ingredients.
Serve as a topping for yogurt or with a splash of nut milk. Add to stewed fruit or just eat on its own as a delicious and very moreish snack.
Time: 1 hour (including baking time)
Serves: Roughly 20 servings - 2 heaped tablespoons per serve
This granola is high in fibre providing complex carbohydrates and slow releasing energy to help keep you satiated. It’s a good source of protein, B vitamins, manganese, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, and zinc as well as omega 3. Oats contain beta glucan, a soluble fibre which can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Flaxseeds are beneficial for bowel health and cardiovascular health.
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free (if using gluten free oats).